On Friday, 20 SEP 2013, Boston University Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC met on New Balance Field for the Curtis Cup competition. The Curtis Cup is an annual round robin flag football tournament. This year, BU NROTC beat Army and Air Force to take home the cup for the third year in a row.
The evening began with Navy facing off against Air Force. Navy took an early lead and maintained their dominance through tight defense and rushing yards. As Navy defeated Air Force, Army was warming up on the sidelines. The next game was Army against Navy. From the start, Army was much more aggressive than Navy’s previous opponent. Luckily, Army fumbled the ball in their endzone resulting in a two point safety for Navy. Army quickly compensated for their error and scored, gaining a 6-2 lead. After a grueling 3 quarters of play, Navy was looking for a way to get the win. MIDN 1/c Ryan Foley, coach and quarterback of the team, rallied his teammates in hopes of a fourth quarter turnaround. Soon thereafter, Navy scored their first touchdown of the game and took the lead with a score of 8-2. The rest of the game was defense-centric in hopes of running out the clock and going home with the Cup. Although Army put up a good fight, Navy was successful in keeping their lead and finishing the game 8-2.
MIDN 1/c Amelia Stucker commented on her last Curtis Cup game, “After playing for three years it has really been enjoyable to see, not only how we have improved (and that we won), but the sportsmanship displayed between all three services. Each year became more and more competitive, but even more fun. It was a great experience to participate and I will surely miss it next year. Go Navy!”
The Curtis Cup competition is a Boston University ROTC tradition that provides each service an opportunity to showcase their physical abilities, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Although it is in the spirit of competition, all branches have an enjoyable time bonding over football and pizza. With the continued effort and skill of the NROTC midshipmen, it was no surprise when Navy came home with the Curtis Cup for the third time in a row.
Written by: MIDN 1/c Carolyn Ross